I retired this month as principal of St. James Elementary School. This is an open letter of thank you to many citizens of Horry County. It is very hard to personally thank all of the students, parents, teachers, school volunteers, community members, our churches and political figures who worked with me as we approached every detail in operating a school — not only for instruction of students as they move into a new era of learning, but for their safety as well.
As I retire from 33 years of service to the children and their families of Conway and St. James, I simply want them to know that these were the “best” years and as we worked together, their effect on me was profound and I appreciate all the conversations, work projects, meetings and planning sessions that we shared.
I have seen students grow up to be successful citizens and then bring me their children to start the educational process as well. What a rewarding cycle for those of us who have had “children of children.” I see outstanding professionals in our community that I had a small part in educating — a strong educational system will continue to strengthen our community.
I would like to let you know I have never been denied assistance when I called on a segment of our community in behalf of the students. The citizens of Horry County step up and help their own and others, too. Their very actions have inspired me to come into action, as well. A sincere and heartfelt thank you. I will miss all of you.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet